Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1968-10-12
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d1t01 - Introduction
d1t02 - Dark Star ->
d1t03 - Saint Stephen ->
d1t04 - The Eleven ->
d1t05 - Death Don't Have No Mercy
d1t06 - Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t07 - Drums ->
d1t08 - The Other One ->
d1t09 - Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t10 - New Potato Caboose ->
d1t11 - Drums ->
d1t12 - Jam ->
d1t13 - Feedback
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|Saint Stephen ->|
|The Eleven ->|
|Death Don't Have No Mercy|
|Cryptical Envelopment ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Cryptical Envelopment ->|
|New Potato Caboose ->|
Pigpen was absent
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- Charlie Miller
- Avalon Ballroom
Subject: Frighteningly Powerful
Subject: "Thank you Mr. Garcia"
San Francisco, California
October 12, 1968
See you in the next world
Don't be Late..
Subject: Utterly Breathtaking
Subject: "Jewels polished and gleaming"
Absolutely one of there great moments that they found, SOMETHING THEY SHARED only but a HANDFUL of times!
Subject: False Memories Are A Thing
Subject: One of the best!
Subject: Avalon '68
"Introduction" and "Feedback" --- which my tape did not have. Apparently this show is often labelled as from 10/13/68.
Subject: I think I missed this show, I spoke no languages at the time..
Subject: Inexcusable !
Subject: primal dead
Subject: ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
Subject: A dream come true!
Subject: Hendrix did not play with the Dead
Subject: Top 5 of all Time
Subject: One More Saturday Night, chapter 5.1
That does indeed sound like Jimi's guitar around 4:30 or so.
Subject: Best ever
Subject: Lets start over again...this show deserves TWO!
Enjoy folks, Miller has improved what you didn't think was improvable. Was a five star before, has to be one now.
Subject: One of the best.
Sadly, I was in 8th grade in Ohio...
I have that other tape someone referenced too, and after garcia says "... until we drop," somebody (Phil) says "That won't be long."
Subject: A must hear show despite Pigpen being MIA
Pigpen is missed, however the guys make up for his absence with some fantastic playing. In fact these are some of the heaviest and headiest jams of the year. The interplay between the various members is nothing short of miraculous and Jerry is sublime. 10/12 is a must have.
Subject: I NEED this
Subject: One of the best of an era~
Subject: Thank You Charlie Miller
I have this disc from 66 I think, I don't know the actual date, but it is Mickey and the Hartbeats. And as far as I can tell is just Mickey, Jourma from Jefferson Airplane, and Jerry. Just straight blues... Sometimes I play it for a friend and ask who they think it is. Unless it is someone who knows my obsession with the Dead, they answer Jimi Hendrix? every single time. It is pretty amazing actually Jerry really could have played any Genre with any band.
LONG LIVE THE DEAD and LIVE MUSIC! Screw these pop musicians who make their living through endorsements! SUPPORT LIVE MUSIC! MUSICIANS SHOULD GET PAYED TO PLAY!
Subject: pure bliss
Beyond the pale.
Subject: Great Anthem period show
Subject: Important Music
Subject: Worthy of an Official Release; the next night IS NOT better!!
The Dark Star is gorgeous and well jammed, the Eleven and the That's It for the Other One suite are pretty much peerless in '68, and Phil's Thirteens Jam-style solo during New Potato is absolutely astonishing!
DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200.
Subject: Jimi was no doubt there....
Subject: My favorite show?
The Hendrix story is pretty cool. Per the Compendium he was there on the 13th rather than the 12th. McNally's book (pg 379) also states he didn't play but not beacuse the band was mad that he "stood them up" the previous night but because they were so high they forgot to wave him on before he left. Who knows, memories can be foggy and maybe he did sneak up there? Seems unlikely and you'd think it would be for more than a feedback contruibution...
Subject: Sounds like you're sitting right there
Subject: Pigpen absent – great first set
The first set is better than the second. This is a classic Dark Star from the classic Dark Star period. The jam is interesting and Jerry delivers great vocals. St. Stephan is the same arrangement as on Aoxomoxoa, with the bells and the wobbly guitar. (They were recording Aoxomoxoa at this time). It, as well as The Eleven, are tight and energetic, with great jamming. The set ends with Death Don’t Have No Mercy, with Jerry at his finest on vocal, with nice guitar work as well. on Death Don’t.
The Second set starts out well with a good Cryptical>Other One. There’s a somewhat rough transition into New Potato, where absence of any keyboard is noticeable. Nice vocal by Bob.
There a somewhat weak Drums followed by an Alligator-ish jam. This is pretty good stuff, but there are better Anthem sets in 1968, with better transitions, particularly February-March and August.
First set 5, second set 4. Lack of Pigpen rounds it down to 4.
Subject: on the day that i was born
Subject: HOT SHOW
This is the first I'm hearing about Jimi Hendrix on stage with The Dead, but I'll buy it. Hendrix played Winterland on this night and it's very possible he turned up at this show.
Subject: When Jimi kicks in during Feedback.
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" October 12, 1968 at the Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, California U.S.A.
I recommend clicking Charlie Miller's name and getting all his GRATEFUL DEAD shows. He has impeccable taste.
5 Star mix
5 Star recording
5 Star Performance
5 Stars for Charlie Miller
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1968 GRATEFUL DEAD collection right now. It sounds like it was performed and recorded today, no kidding.
7 minutes of feedback from the Avalon Ballroom in 1968 is just what I love the most, it doesn't get any better than that for me, unless it's 8 minutes of feedback. The tape ends before the feedback does...bummer man.
Only Jimi Hendrix and the GRATEFUL DEAD had the chops to use feedback in a live performance and make it work.
It's a "MUST HAVE" performance from the Avalon Ballroom in 1968.
Eat, Drink, be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.
Thanks for the Love,
Charlie did it again...another "audio masterpiece".
Trust in Charlie Miller.
Subject: SUCKS PIG WASNT THERE
Subject: Jimi Hendrix Onstage During Feedback
Some of my Diablo Valley College football team buddies went along to see Linn County, a popular underground blues band at the time. We were celebrating our earlier in the day victory over San Mateo Junior College.
That the Grateful Dead was the headliner was totally an afterthought, but most of us stayed to gather in their entire set which lasted until well past the 2 a.m. curfew.
The entire week the SF Bay Area had been draped and ensconsed in the most beautifully perfect weather pattern I have ever experienced -- even to this day. I still count this as one of the most utterly perfect weeks in my life. The crystal clear days and nights were warm and balmy with an unending gentle breeze. The air was soft and caressing to the skin.
There is a note attached to this show that there was no performance emanated from Blue Ron, but of little note there should be amended that towards the end of the Dead's venture into their nightly featured mania called Feedback, Jimi Hendrix came up on stage and added his howl to the ongoing din.
This is no lie. I saw it with my own eyes. Jimi came up on stage and played with the Dead. Nobody noticed and nobody said anything. There was no announcement.
After countless years of research consisting of reading every record ever written about the Grateful Dead, asking people in the know like Rock Scully, Danny Riskin, Chet Helms, David Gans and David Lemieux, and asking hundreds of various Dead Heads, past and present, apparently, I am the only one who ever saw Jimi actually get up there and play.
I'm not asking you to take my word for it and I surely would like it if someone could corroborate my claim, but it doesn't really matter in the long run. I saw what I saw and I was not stoned or altered, mentally or physically, in any way.
It happened just as I say it happened...on this night...forty unforgettable years ago.
Subject: Hello, San Francisco ...
I never get tired of listening to the overtones and feedback from Jerry's amp, particularly during the Dark Star (which someone should transcribe for a symphony orchestra) and the Cryptical outro. This show also includes one of the very best Elevens (the transition into the minor key jam is devastating, with Bobby and/or Phil shouting out the change the background), and a really sweet New Potato Caboose.
Subject: Hey, this one sounds better...
Subject: Good, but not as good as 10/13...
Subject: acid-dead at it's blistering best